Owner / Operator / Funeral Director / Embalmer / Crematory Manager
A second generation funeral director, Chris Miller began working in the family business as a teenager and by the age of fourteen had already assisted on his first removal. After graduating high school in 1984, Chris decided to leave the family business to attend college at California Polytechnic University of Pomona. He graduated from the University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Restaurant Management.
Around the time of his wedding to Rhonda S. Leurck in June of 1991, Chris decided that he was no longer interested in the food service industry. He still had the need to continue to serve people, so Chris decided to leave his job at Taco Bell Corporate in December of 1991 to pursue a career in the family business. Chris immediately went back to school, enrolling in the Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College. Chris graduated in December of 1992 with a degree in Mortuary Science and received the highest honor from the program, the Melvin Hilgenfeld Award. Chris continued on, receiving his California Embalmer License in November of 1993, followed by his California Funeral Directors License in September of 1997 and obtaining his Crematory Manager License in August of 2011.
In December of 1993 came the birth of his first child, a girl named Reagan Lynn. In April of 1997, Chris and Rhonda welcomed their second child, a boy named Colin Bryant. During this time, Chris continued the fine traditions that his parents, Roger and Pat Miller, had started in 1969 at Thomas Miller Mortuary in Corona, California. Following the death of his father in 2006, Chris and his wife Rhonda purchased Thomas Miller Mortuary from his mother. In 2007, he added a second location, Sierra Memorial Chapel Mortuary in Riverside, California. In October of 2011, his family opened their on-site Crematorium at their main location in Corona.
Over the past 21 years, Chris has become involved with numerous organizations throughout his community, including: The Corona Regional Medical Center Foundation (now referred to as The Foundation for Community and Family health); the Corona Chamber of Commerce, where he currently serves as Past Chairman of the Board; The Unforgettables Foundation (an organization which helps families with the loss of their children); Circle City Rotary Club; and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Chris is also a member of the California Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) and Thomas Miller Mortuary has also been a member of OGR (Order of the Golden Rule) for more than 60 years.
In his spare time, he loves to cook, collect vintage wine and spend time with his family.
Funeral Arranger/Death Certificate Clerk
Erica was born and raised in Southern California. She has spent the last 12 years in the funeral industry and has a passion for helping people at their time of need after losing a loved one. She is a mother of four boys Zackery, Quenton, Donovan, and Ricky, and is very involved in their sports and extra-curricular activities. Her and her husband Mike love sports, especially football and the Los Angeles Rams. She joined the staff at Cremation Society of Southern California in September of 2015.
Crematory Operator/Funeral Attendant
George was born and raised in Orange County, Ca. He moved to Corona in 1995. He graduated from Centennial High School in 2007. He started working for the Miller’s back in February of 2007. Working his way up from the bottom to now our crematory operator. George has become a valuable asset to Cremation Society of Southern California and takes pride in the work that he performs.